ASIA/PAKISTAN – The Bishops urge the faithful to serve the country with devotion

ASIA/PAKISTAN – The Bishops urge the faithful to serve the country with devotion

Karachi (Agenzia Fides) – “We must give thanks to God for our beautiful country; we, as a Christian community, have contributed a lot to its development over the past 75 years since the independence of Pakistan. Our Christian politicians played an important role in the campaign for the founding of Pakistan alongside Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of the country, for a country where all enjoy equal rights and where we can live freely and profess our faith. We, peoples of faiths different from the majority, are called to work together for the development of this country and for the betterment of the country as a nation.
Let us continue this journey in the service of Pakistan with enthusiasm and devotion, without any discrimination based on race, caste, creed and the message of the Founding Father to help the people of this country live in unity, peace and harmony,” said Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw OFM, Archbishop of Lahore to Fides on the occasion of the recent 75th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence, August 14, 2022, in reference to the Day of Minorities, celebrated on August 11 august.
Msgr. Shaw also states in this regard: “We must do more to work together and build new colleges and universities, centers for dialogue of peace and harmony between people of different faiths, in order to promote love, unity and peace in the country. We Christians in Pakistan supported the decision to found Pakistan alongside Muhammad Ali Jinnah and we must continue our mission to build a Pakistan according to his vision: a nation where people of all faiths should live and work together for the benefit of our beloved country”. “In a united India,” the Archbishop recalls, “Muslims and Christians were considered a minority; but according to Jinnah’s vision, religion should now be a private matter for people, and people of all faiths should work together without discrimination for the development of the country”.
The 75th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence was also celebrated in churches across the country, where worshipers prayed for the government, armed forces, political parties and for the welfare, prosperity and development of Pakistan.
The President of the Episcopal Conference of Pakistan, Bishop Joseph Arshad of Islamabad – Rawalpindi, tells Fides: “We Christians of Pakistan have always served the country with dedication in the fields of education, health and work social and we wish to continue this mission of the Church for the betterment of our beloved homeland. Pakistan Independence Day always reminds us of the sacrifices of our ancestors who worked together to build Pakistan”.
“Today,” Bishop Arshad said, “our country is facing social, political and financial challenges and due to inflation, life is very badly affected in our country. We are experiencing instability, insecurity, chaos and unrest people are losing hope out of all these challenges i call on political, social and religious leaders and all people to work together as a nation for the good of our country and the prosperity of our people.”
Bishop Benny Travas of Karachi recalls: “After the foundation of Pakistan, the task of developing the country was immense, but everyone, including Christians, got involved and played an important role, especially in opening up ‘schools, universities, hospitals, outpatient clinics and rehabilitation centres’. In the city of Karachi in particular, the Archbishop said, “Christians, although a small community, have been a big catalyst in building this city. Together we must create a greater Pakistan where all people live in peace and for development. of the country.” The Archbishop also referred to the sacrifice of Catholic politician Shahbaz Bhatti and called on the faithful “to be ready for any sacrifice for our beloved homeland.”
Pakistan gained its independence on August 14, 1947 after the partition of India, which was under British rule. It now has 22 million inhabitants, of which 96% are Muslims, 1.6% Hindus and 1.5% Christians. According to church statistics, a total of 1,348,950 Catholics lived in Pakistan in 2021. (AG/PA) (Agenzia Fides, 18/8/2022)


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